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Brackenridge 2nd Ward council candidates face interviews Monday

The process to appoint a successor to Larry Chifulini's 2nd Ward council seat will get more intense Monday when candidates will undergo public interviews by council.

Former mayor Jeff Cowan, who lost his bid for re-election last November to Mayor Tom Kish, is among the five residents of the 2nd Ward who applied for the position, according to Borough Manager Denise Tocco.

She said the other four are: Dave Zembroski of Ninth Avenue, Larry Krchnavy of Union Avenue, Brian DeFelices of Cleveland Avenue, and Timothy Kolar of Pacific Avenue, which is where Cowan resides.

"I think some of council don't know some of these people, so they felt they had to have interviews to get to know them," Tocco said. "And if they have interviews, the interviews have to be public."

Chifulini, who started a new term in January, served on council for seven years. He said the decision to resign was "tough" but he was compelled to do it because he needed to spend more time with his family.

He was council president when he resigned. Council has since appointed Councilman Ron Dunlap as president.

By law, council has to appoint someone to fill an empty council seat within 30 days from when it was vacated. If no appointment is made, an Allegheny County Court judge would make the appointment.

Council is cutting it close to that deadline since Chifulini resigned Feb. 15. That means the deadline to make an appointment is March 17 -- two days after Monday's meeting.

Tocco said council didn't want to call a special meeting just to do interviews and make an appointment. They felt that could all be done Monday.

Whoever is chosen will serve on council for two years and then by law will have to run for the seat in the next municipal election, she said.

Additional Information:

Coming up

Who: Brackenridge Council

What: Interviews of prospective council appointees and selection of one to fill vacant 2nd Ward seat.

When: Monday; interviews begin at 6 p.m., immediately followed by regular meeting.

Where: Brackenridge Municipal Building, Brackenridge Avenue and Morgan Street.

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